February Contest

blood stain

I held my breath as my new husband thrust into me slowly. I searched his eyes for disappointment but found nothing as he continued to go in and out of me. in fact, he seems to be enjoying it. when…
ADEWUYI BOLUWATIFE
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Thoughts

If you have never followed your heart then you've never made the biggest mistake of life I thought I knew it all not until I had to win in the midst of all time winners Most times what units us…
Steve Stones
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Inside Out

The third man pumped as the others cheered on holding me down "nyinyi!!! tutawamaliza wote! kabila wajinga!!" i was weak from screaming and trying to fight them off. He finished, got up and spat on me and left me there…
Akello Jaleko
February 18, 2019
February Contest

She knows.

She knew. She'd always known. She'd known she'd be great. Nobody told her. It was a bubbling from inside It was an untapped source, voices trapped in her very core. They talked. They always talked. "Africa's too slow". "She has…
Valerie Vishnay
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Twinkle Twinkle Feyisola

Twinkle twinkle little star, Feyisola frights and wonders as she ran. Questions, interviews, jobless her, vigoriously searching for her little star. Danger came, as her eyes guttered with regret mixed with cheap makeup that ran rainbows down her merry go…
The Jocshow
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Halima

I looked at her and wondered why everybody liked her. It all started when Uwa's belly started getting bigger. Baba and Uwa said I'd have a baby sister. I was happy. After her birth, Baba and Uwa were delighted. They…
Augustine Malizu
February 18, 2019
February Contest

The Chasm

In the craggy upland of Jos in the brisk of the evening your strong, warm arms engulfing my head. My head on your naked chest, as you sang those love songs melting my guileless heart and driving me into your…
Okwechime Anthony
February 18, 2019
February Contest

My Dad is a Monster

My name is Ngozi. I'm 18 years old. My mom died when I was twelve. I lived alone with my dad who refused to get married again. I cried each day and told him I needed a mother. He paid…
Kilani Ezekiel
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Speak Out

It all happened in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. A Sandra was the only child of Mr./Mrs. Duke Okafor. Mr. Duke is a very wealthy and influential business tycoon. At fifteen years, Sandra's parents died in ghastly motor accident. Her…
Kilani Ezekiel
February 18, 2019
February Contest

Dark and Empty

My myopic eyes combed the dark room in fear. "Hope they won't come here?" "No, here's too dark, shhh!" Kolade replied. "Kola I am scared", "Shhh! Do not be." I then sat quietly while I mumbled prayers to God for…
Fiberesima Wilson Sotonye
February 18, 2019
February Contest

A DAY OF DISTRESS

It was afternoon when he discovered a glass plague on his shelf. Nwabunike must have won an award in university. The other awards, which lined his shelves, were wood and ceramic, and from his secondary-school writing competitions. As this was…
Ositadinma Chinakwe
February 18, 2019
February Contest

What Do You Believe In?

Do you believe in destiny or circumstance? Greatness is her destiny but circumstance made the outsiders demean her. Do you believe in grace or luck? She doesn't suffer any natural disaster, surely its grace not luck. Do you believe in…
Ibukun Ayodele
February 17, 2019
February Contest

cursed

"Olé Olé” I heard the voices resound in my head and all around me. I saw the butcher lift up his matchet and his mouth was distorted in anger. I saw my bloody hands holding large chunks of meat. Mo…
Godwin Iyamba
February 17, 2019
February Contest

The festival

I woke up with an eerie feeling, I guess it's because today is the festival of the gods but most importantly it is the day I will oppose tradition. On days like this, no female gender is to be seen…
Nwofor Ogechukwu
February 17, 2019
February Contest

Mr Noodles

“Did anyone touch you there?” I overheard Mom ask my sister. I knew where. I wished would mother ask me. So I could tell her how Aunty always touched me ‘there’, while mocking my inexperience and size, calling me effeminate…
Alu Queen UgoChinyere
February 17, 2019
February Contest

S I L E N C E

One stormy night,the village of Makuyu received a guest. He knocked hesitantly on the first door he saw. It was answered by a man seasoned by age. The old man read the traveller's pleading eyes and gestured him a welcome…
Hailey Njeri
February 17, 2019
February Contest

A black sheep

The words of others have bore many little holes into her otherwise cold iron heart. Everybody has something to say.. "you are so white" ; "yours jokes are just the dryest" ;"maybe you should wear you hair like everyone else";…
Charity Bhoke
February 17, 2019
February Contest

Bleeding blade

Drip-drip, the blade bleed, It was dark, cold and fuzzy, her best friend has just been cut; Nwabuisi ran fast, she was terrified, but she knew she didn’t want to be circumcised, even though it was the annual cutting season…
Okwechime Dennis
February 17, 2019
February Contest

The Noble Profession

It was my graduation party, the joy of working in a corporate organisation was overwhelming. I have always dreamt this. I started my search for a corporate job but couldn't lay my hands on any. One year after graduation, still…
Taiwo mutiulahi
February 17, 2019
February Contest

Ayantunde

He was known for his Bata prowess, the sound of his drum healed the souls of many, they concluded that the host of angels come down at the sound of his drum. He played like his grandfather, they called him…
Precious Oyeniran
February 16, 2019
February Contest

The Joy of Womanhood

Last year it was my sister. I can still hear her screams as they ripped her, blood everywhere. Tomorrow, it will be me. I dread the experience; the pain, possibility of infection, even death. I’ll also have an ugly scar…
Chinasaokwu Sunny-joe
February 16, 2019
February Contest

The young king

The young king zelem was trapped by love and seduction,one thing his predecessor excelled over when choosing a partner. They were madmen who made up rules governing their relationship with women-as instrument for procreation and pleasure and consequences when the…
Florence Akubuilo
February 16, 2019
February Contest

Africa my homeland

Oh! My Africa the homeland of black creature where ages history lies and numerous torture whitemen left us without procedure thinking we going to split with countless terrors long historical suffering dear Africa. Still wonder why there's no unity housing…
Adewumi Confident
February 16, 2019
February Contest

Father

The teacher stood beside the board, pointing to the words on it, his mouth moving in rhythm. Everyone seemed too close, sucking all the air away. My mind felt empty, but then again, it always does afterwards. The days always…
Jace Itoko
February 16, 2019
February Contest

Hunger.

Its been two days since I last ate. My stomach burned from the gastric acid that stormed within, threatening to devour me from the inside if it was not appeased with a meal. My sister, Ada, laid quiet on my…
Vivian ikeh
February 16, 2019
February Contest

Threadcount

Big Man’s watch went missing; it happened in room nine-fourteen. Small woman was never formally schooled in numbers, but she knew each threadcount at Hotel Douala intimately. At sixteen, a signpost read "domestic ladies only need apply"; papa bartered domestic…
Sarah Juma
February 16, 2019
February Contest

LoVe & sAcRiFiCe

My wife sleeps like the dead. I lie beside her, admiring this wife of my youth who loves me dearly. Shredded orchids caress her hair, face, body; Kissing her, I come away with oily lips. Two weeks she's slept... His…
OmoOhanomah
February 15, 2019
February Contest

ANONYMOUS

She stared at it. It wiggled and squirmed,seeking yet unseeing,delicate and fragile. So this was what it all boiled down to. The result of her transgression. It had caused her grief,stripped her of her dignity and scarred her soul. Friends…
Henri Yire
February 15, 2019
February Contest

Womanhood

Adamma danced sheepishly towards her husband-to-be before handing him the ‘mmanya ocha' in front of her in-laws, family and friends. She had dreamed of this day for a long time. As a young lady, she had heard of becoming a…
Anita Igbine.
February 15, 2019
February Contest

TREPIDATION

The door creaked once more as I buried myself under my sweat-soaked quilt. The soft knocks I hear each night began again. Baby Khloe started crying. Chills ran down my spine as the cries of the baby echoed the walls…
Abiola Okunsanya
February 15, 2019
February Contest

Accident

Momma swerved into the bush trying to avoid a head-on collision with the oncoming bike. Drivers that don’t know there is something called double parking actually make things worse. “this woman” the young lad on the bike said “if you…
Ajala marvellous
February 15, 2019
February Contest

Fetus deletus

The first five times Chioma had tried to poison her husband, he somehow didn't eat. It was either he overstayed at work, or he just wasn't hungry. But this time, there was no escape. She knew Chike - he'd soon…
la capella
February 15, 2019
February Contest

THE DOCTOR'S REPORT

We had visited the hospital soon after he took me to the beach to ask for my hand in marriage. The medical doctor in charge of the hospital after conducting the test assured us that our genotype was in order.…
Obioma Okezie
February 15, 2019
February Contest

If you tell anyone…

I watched as his gaze moved lustfully over my body, cajoling me to come and collect the biscuit he bought for me. I shivered unconsciously, wondering why Uncle Tade had that look on his face. Innocently, I went with him.…
Ebunoluwa Meroyi
February 15, 2019
February Contest

Not anymore

It's time for elections again with the same people that robbed us our future and happiness singing the same song in different tunes. I once was a victim, just the previous elections, I thought I was doing what's right by…
Mukhtar Indabawa
February 15, 2019
February Contest

Bubble bath

Dapo watched the blurred face above him with eyes stinging, as the soapy water flowed into his mouth which involuntarily fell open, and his lungs desperately searched for air. His limbs trashed around on their own, trying to grope at…
Ehiorobo Derek
February 15, 2019
February Contest

Power Surge

"Tomorrow we tear down the streets" said Charles to Senator Gani. The declaration of results into the Senate was sooner than later. Senator Gani needed a win by hook or by crook. He had already arranged with the National Electoral…
Samuel Nzebor
February 15, 2019
January Contest

A sin of the skin in one scene

A thick red juice on my hand, I look to the angel in front of me... Lets go back a bit. I called my babe over, now she's not been coming through lately. As a smart businessman I got insurance,…
Mahmud
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Igno stigma

Igno stigma here is a combination of two great and kind of similar words that works together in most situations.Ignorance in most sense stand as a blindfold that kills if not taken off early. Stigmatization in some stands as waste…
Odunayo Hannah
January 29, 2019
January Contest

DIMENSIONS

She stood in the kitchen,as though equipments and utensils were weapons aimed at her. Orji had discovered their maid has been the one preparing all his meals for months now. No wonder the food tasted different,he could tell his wife's…
Eziada Obianwa
January 29, 2019
January Contest

ADE MI

You can be beautiful You can be bold You can be strong You can be intelligent You can be the best friend someone like me needs You can be bad You can be good You are anything you wish I…
Ajagunna Benita
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Shadows

Finally! The dark shadow of myself had given herself a voice and a place in the opaque corners of my mind. Standing there over his dilly dallied figure, everything seemed surreal, I watched myself as the light hauled whatever darkness…
Eju'ojo Onu
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Holier Than Thou.

Tade had stolen again. Human bodies in white garment moved frantically, the wind blowing the garments in opposite directions of wherever they went. Their feet sank into wet mud. They snatched palm fronds from their sheaths, whilst crying unto God…
Toluwanimi
January 29, 2019
January Contest

JITIMAI (Melancholy)

She ambles around the casket. It's been more than ten minutes. People are getting impatient. But she can't seem to walk away. They whisper among themselves. "Let her have her time." "No, we are getting late, the corpse should be…
Debbie Dullo
January 29, 2019
January Contest

The Interview

"Uche Amanda" I walk into the interview room. The panel is made up of a beautiful lady and a dark-skinned man, she smiles while he looks at me like I am the cause of the recession in Nigeria. "Tell us…
Evelyn
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Mother’s Pride

Mekola was late again. Mama would be worried. He smiled as he remembered the sequence. She would come out of her hut and look at the sky several times. After the fifth cloud passes, she would prepare a basket of…
Ojo Inioluwa
January 29, 2019
January Contest

JAKUNTA

Jakunta was irritated, a loud bang startled the antelope he had been stalking in the dense forest. Spear clenched in hand he now stood, wondering what the strange sound could be. Again, it echoed through the forest, it's ricocheting sound…
Ezetu Doubra
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Finding My Twin

I found my twin in a bus park. All my life, I had this conviction that I hadn't been alone in my mother's womb. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw myself playing with a little boy, my own…
Yvonne Dunu
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Noisy waters

The first time a guy tells you he loves you, there are only two colours you can see. Blue and Green. Blue skies closing in on the two of you, taking you to a land of green waters where there…
Favour Martins
January 29, 2019
January Contest

pandemonium

My mother used to say "Ifa does'nt lie, steal? NEVER!!, Ifa would never take another man's wife. If you feel you've been deceived ask Ifa". Now staring at the labrinth of the pandemonium that has become my life I wonder...…
oluwadarasimi
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Morenike

MORENIKE One would conclude that the world was going to end that day. The beautiful atmosphere that was coloured with the tunes of lovers had now turn murky, as if the surface of the sun had been covered with mud…
Festus
January 29, 2019
January Contest

My sister, Chizi

“Chim!” mama shouted as papa beat her, as usual. I watched from behind the curtains. My scars taught me to stay away. I just prayed that he wouldn’t hit her belly. My sister was there, Chiziterem. She is God sent…
Doreen
January 29, 2019
January Contest

Burn

No its impossible!he kept whispering the same words over and over again.I stared at him,he looked like a fragile porcelain doll,the mighty Czar trembling at my words,i smiled to myself, i couldn't wait to be free.I closed my eyes and…
Precious Kefas
January 29, 2019
January Contest

When we lose us

"Eat more, Ayò mi" he would say in his fine baritone as he makes insensible hand gestures with the food he brings, he never appeared to care of the sunflies bite, nor of the blood that flows down his hairy…
Dosu David Ifeoluwa
January 28, 2019
January Contest

Dreams

Amina's dream was to become a lawyer. Not because she wanted a better life, but because she believed this would give her an opportunity to say all the things she always wanted to say, to stand and fight for the…
Victory Nwadike
January 28, 2019
December Contest

Love

The icy wind blew hard but the little boy from Igbo land; Chukwudi fought back by fluttering his eyelashes and folding his hands. He smiled at the lady who passed his mother's shop every morning but won't smile back at…
December Contest

Touring Africa.

From the moment I touched down at the airport, I knew I was going to enjoy my tour of Africa. Maybe it was the glorious mix of cultures and languages or their numerous different traditional recipes that made me realize…
Ebiere Yoh
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Men don’t cry!

"Men don’t cry” Baba voice was louder this time simultaneously using the whip on my melanin skin adding to the pain Fijabi had earlier inflicted during our clash. “A man must Stand up to his fellow man in a fight”!…
Taiwo
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Somewhere In Makola

The stench from the gutter teased my nostrils relentlessly. The sun was blazing, as if someone opened the  gates of hell. Chai! Empty pan on my head and a wrapper secured about my body, I searched and found shade. The…
A'bena
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The Colour of Lust

In the stillness of your room, you can see the shade of Ekene's eyes- grey; the colour of lust. He leans forward and whispers, "We could do it once and never speak of it". You look away. Unsure. You feel…
Bryan Joe Oquesili
December 20, 2018
December Contest

The Eyes

He was going to be a great man. It was in his eyes. His eyes showed a boy who would one day on the back of generations of strong men and women in the desert overcome the odds. The eyes…
Nnamdi Komlan-Dodoh
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Oja Ale (The Evening Marketplace)

Two marketplaces dominate my village- the actual market, where buying and selling are the primary aims, sits every morning and the false market which sits at dusk only once in a week with its visitors mostly youths. “Oja Ale”, a…
Taiwo
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Folktale and the Old Oak

     The only thing louder than Nana's voice were the crickets. Everything else remained still. The winds refused to whistle. The fallen, dried leaves refused to race the sandy ground and make a rustling noise. It even seemed as…
Nnadi Cynthia
December 20, 2018
December Contest

you will not

Every time they come, I remember the days when all I needed was a warm hug from someone who was proud to own me. Christmas seasons were the worst. They come into the orphanage and leave us parched of love…
Mary Jane
December 20, 2018
December Contest

Voices

"Tongues will wag", her mother said."As Yoruba women add pepper to ewedu soup, so will people embellish your story. It's better to stay," her friends advised."At least, he buys her nice things," her neighbours whispered."Divorce is forbidden!" the pastor admonished…
Angela Umoru
December 20, 2018
November Contest

Fireflies!

I will never forget the strange magic of fireflies on one of those warm Umueze nights. I could barely wait to witness the winged creatures that came with the twilight. My grandmother will carefully pierce air holes into the lid…
Tomina Egbokwu
November 15, 2018
November Contest

Which one deserve to die?

"Which one deserve to die?" No one! Of the gruesome intertribal murders and wars? Of the hunger and epidemic breakout? No one deserve to die. Deaths of our activists, independence fighters? No, it was not deserved. Nevertheless, they gave it…
Oluwatoba Oyerinade
November 15, 2018
November Contest

THE STORM

"Mummy. What happened?" Timi asked entering her mother's room. Rubbing her eyes, she added "I heard you scream, mum. Is everything alright?" "Yes dear. I'm fine." Timi's mother replied slowly, her eyes glistening. Drawing Timi closer to her in an…
Fantastic_Becca
November 15, 2018
November Contest

The God Paradox

Obatala wields the DNA; the weapon of creation and the ladder to other worlds. It was bestowed upon him by Olodumare after he defeated the alter ego of Eshu and banished him to the forest of burning ashes. Obatala watchers…
Elohimdescarface
November 15, 2018
November Contest

The Awakening

She stood in front of the wooden mirror examining her body. Her once smooth skin dripping with melanin was now pale. A fresh cut beneath the eye, dry sore lips and saggy cheeks. When did she let all this happen?…
Marystella Natasha
November 14, 2018

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